Decatur Planning To Annex

The city may take in Suburban Plaza, the Publix shopping center and the United Methodist Children's Home.

Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd said he wanted during his state of the city speech a few months ago.

Now the city commission and staff are taking steps to do more than that. As first reported on Decatur Metro, the city has taken the first real steps to annex that property, along with the Publix-anchored shopping center on the north side of town and the United Methodist Children's Home.

A colorized map showing the land under consideration has been posted on the City of Decatur website, along with frequently asked questions about annexation.

The commission plans a public work session at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 to talk about the possible annexation.

Decatur Metro asked City Manager Peggy Merriss why these areas were considered for annexation and she replied:

The areas to the northeast and northwest extend the City limits to North Decatur Road and incorporate major commercial properties and gateways into the City. The other areas represent neighborhoods that have corresponded with the City to indicate interest and are already working on some type of petition or process.  The last areas are partial lots where the existing city limits bisect the parcel and it’s a matter of bringing them in or taking them out in order to clean up the city limits.

Floyd said last April that he'd like to see an annexation referendum in 2013 on Suburban Plaza and the Publix shopping center at Clairemont Avenue and North Decatur Road.

However, the mayor said the city wold need input and approval from because annexation would affect the school system. He said the referendum could be held in the summer or November 2013.

Decatur annexed some land earlier this month, as did Avondale Estates.

Through an act of the legislature, the cities took in previously unincorporated commercial property between the two cities. The cities now have a contiguous border at Sams Crossing. The annexation was effective July 1. 

Because the newly proposed annexation would include some residential area, a referendum would have to be held.

Other stories about annexation:

JuliaMcElroy July 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Thanks for poaching tax dollars from Dekalb County! You didn't want Suburban Plaza when it was a dump, but now a new Walmart is here and ka-ching!
Steve July 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Commercial areas have no vote per se. Residential areas must vote.
K Tyno August 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Why is there not a map of the proposed annexation that one can actually read! I hav
Ralph Ellis August 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
K Tyno, you're right, that map doesn't have the best resolution. Go to the City of Decatur website at www.decaturga.com. Click on What's New and then click on Annexation. You can reach a better version of the map that way.
decaturite August 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I think they should try to get revenue in other ways like developing some of the closed restaurants into other businesses also the vacant land and rezoning some residential into commercial if feasible. i realize its about revenue. the teachers and school will be affected the most so they should have the biggest input. we should hear from each and every teacher. its just not a good idea due to the school system.


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